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to a townhall in a conservative part of montana. the audience we were told was not prescreened. the meeting was more like a campaign rally than debate over health care. the president even getting a standing ovation. we have the story covered tonight beginning with the chief white house correspondent chuck todd now joining us from belgrade, montana, chuck. >>> good evening, ann. the president finished up the first of what are going to be back to back townhall meetings out west. colorado happens tomorrow. awful this part of an opportunity to try to regain the political momentum in his push for health care reform. president obama came to the hills of montana with his entire family in tow, for what was billed as a townhall on health care but at times felt more like a campaign rally. >> hello, montana. >> reporter: president obama was reminiscent of candidate obama at times as he worked the audience. >> so i need you to keep knocking on doors, talking to your neighbors, spread the facts. >> reporter: the president did take questions from a supportive audience not before offering his media critiq
this is the first of three townhalls the president is going to have this week. two more, one in montana, one in colorado. but if he didn't get any heat here in new hampshire, it's probably unlikely he'll get real heat in colorado or montana. brian. >>> chuck todd starting us off tonight. chuck, thanks. the sent m we have been talking about, anger, expressed at members of congress home for their summer recess one on full display again today elsewhere. and as nbc's anne thompson tells us tonight, health care is just one subject that has some americans feeling worried and downright angry. >> reporter: today pennsylvania senator arlen specter came face to face with what is now a familiar scene. >> he is right? >> he -- >> my constitutional! >> this is maoist china. >> reporter: voter anger at a townhall abut health care. buflt the anger is not always about health care. this man erupted when he was not chosen to speak. >> i got news for you, that you and your cronies in the government do this kind of stuff all the time. >> reporter: and this self described conservative republican railed against t
in montana. brian. >> savannah guthrie at the white house to start us off tonight. thanks. >>> a lot of the emotion we are seeing at the townhalls concerns what the administration has been calling the public option. opponents like to call it a government takeover of health care. the basic question remains -- what does the obama administration really mean by this term "public option." tonight we launch an effort aimed at making sense of it all. our report from nbc's kelly o'donnell. >> this is not health reform -- >> reporter: in the health care debate, two words evoke a strong reaction. public option. >> why will be forced into the public option -- >> reporter: heard again today at a townhall meeting in maryland. >> i would like you to address how the public option -- decreases or increases our choices in health care. t. nothing has been decided to democrats want the federal government to create a new public health insurance program to compete with private companies. >> private insurance could be here today and gone tomorrow. a public insurance option is a guaranteed program you kno
will be prohibited from denying coverage because of a person's medical history, period. >> reporter: in montana last night, folks who were dropped by their insurance company after they got sick. >> we are held hostage at any given moment by health insurance companies that deny coverage or drop coverage. >> reporter: and here in grand junction, it's about ow premiums are going up. >> in the past few year, premiums have nearly doubled. >> reporter: and mr. obama is getting some help from political allies, a coalition that includes some strange bed foale will hes that include drug company, unions and hospitals, launched a $12 million ad campaign in 130er9 of reform. >> so what does health insurance reform really mean? >> reporter: lester, the president overnight actually in phoenix where tomorrow it's all about vacation. the family will tour the grand can john. lester? >> chuck todd this evening, thank you. we're joined for more from washington with david gregory. the story line is the president trying to take back the message, but does the white house at least privately take some responsibility for lo
: this weekend it was all about the great outdoors and america's west. >> here in montana, you've got bears and moose and elk. in washington you just have mostly bull. >> reporter: for 11-year-old malia and 8-year-old sasha, it meant some thrilling whitewater rafting. the first family then toured yellowstone national park and old faithful. >> look at that. that's a geyser there. >> reporter: but perhaps the most breathtaking moment was standing on the rim of the grand canyon at hoping point, thousands of feet above the colorado river. that's when the president's oldest daughter malia proved what she learned about geology in school. >> very good. >> reporter: naming the rock earned a high-five from her mother and a hug from the president. taken away marine one, and it all seems so sord, this family foursome out west to do something so all american, visiting the national park. still, this getaway is just one of many extraordinary trips this summer for the obama girls. they already logged thousands of miles from paris to moscow to london and even ghana. up next is the island of martha's vineya
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